Fruits & Vegetables
fresh shiitake, oyster, portobello, and lion’s mane mushrooms
Meet the Farmer: Eric Murphy
When you’re planning your next trip to the Broad Ripple Farmers Market, be sure to add mushrooms to your shopping list. That’s right, thanks to Shamrock Farm, shitake, portobello, and frequently even oyster mushrooms, are available every week.
Owned and operated by Eric Murphy and his wife Christine, Shamrock Farm joined the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market two years ago, offering their beautiful certified naturally grown, chemical free mushrooms. At times, they also offer a selection of equally pristine salad greens, kale, spinach, and chard.
Eric, who also works as a firefighter, describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur.” A few years ago a friend was growing vegetables for sale to Green Bean Delivery. “I’ve always gardened, and thought ‘I can do that.” Before long he was growing 30 varieties of vegetables.
The mushrooms came along a bit later, the result of a conversation with a fellow “serial entrepreneur” who owned an empty warehouse. “I said, ‘you know what this building would be perfect for? Mushrooms.’” He connected with Steve Spencer of Local Folks Foods; Market customers might remember that Steve and Anita sold mushrooms at the Market a few years ago, but sold that part of their business. Steve put Eric in touch with Ed Devlin, who had purchased it, and in turn, Eric purchased the business from Ed.
“I started with Shitake mushrooms.” In about a year-and-a-half portobellos were added to the list. Green Bean was a regular customer, with a standing order. Eric began working with Twon Schroeder, Produce Manager at Pogue’s Run Grocer, then started supplying a number of local chefs, including Regina Mehallick of R Bistro.
Luckily for us, people began to ask if he was selling at any of the local farmers markets. “I hadn’t even thought about farmers markets,” Eric notes, but about two years ago he applied to the BRFM and was accepted. “One of the things we love about the Market is the positive feedback – people will stop and tell us how much they enjoyed the mushrooms or about a recipe they used them in. That’s really great to hear.”
Be sure to pick up some fresh local mushrooms next time you’re at the Market. And visit Shamrock Farm on their Facebook page, and get to know all about their fabulous mushrooms, how they grow them, and the other terrific produce varieties they’ll be bringing to the Market this fall.